A day for Charles, our mournful monarch: in his pomp but out of his time | King Charles III


It’s everything he had hoped for, just the wrong era. Still, one makes the best of these things

Are you all set for the coronation? Whether you plan to pay the “people’s homage” – swearing aloud the newly proposed oath of allegiance to the king while watching it at home – is, of course, a private matter between you and your television set. This morning, Charles’s friend Jonathan Dimbleby suggested that this faintly controversial innovation was some ghastly evangelical idea of the archbishop of Canterbury’s (I paraphrase), and that Charles himself would find it

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